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  • What Trump's new UN envoy could mean for Israel-Palestine

    Whatever disruptions are afoot in the balance of international power will eventually be reflected at the United Nations. And when that happens, even a staunch supporter of Israel like Nikki Haley may have to yield to a new order. When she signed into law the first state legislation penalizing companies that boycott “based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was lauded by the bill’s author, State Representative Alan Clemmons, who made clear its intent. [tmwinpost] Citing “tactics employed by the Nazis,” Clemmons called the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement a prime example…

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  • Trump's first steps on Israel/Palestine

    For starters: Make the $38 billion military aid package dependent on Israeli actions to dismantle the occupation, and recognize the State of Palestine already. By Sam Bahour Again, the Republican candidate in the U.S. presidential elections lost the popular vote but won the election. Such is a function of the mechanics of the U.S. flavor of democracy where not every vote matters; only votes in key states matter. Nevertheless, billionaire Donald Trump is heading to the White House. Trump’s ascent into the U.S. presidency will be the material for political analysts and historians, not to mention Hollywood, for many years to come. That…

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  • We feel you, America — it's lonely at the bottom

    With the election of Donald Trump, a lot of progressive Americans must now be feeling what we here in the Israeli left have felt for a long time — outnumbered, unwanted, frustrated, and alone. For a while now, I've been writing about how lonely it is to be a leftist in Israel, to be part of the minority that opposes the occupation and 50 years of discrimination and human rights violations, a minority that insists on challenging fundamental aspects of this government's policies and this society's values. About how it has become increasingly dangerous and radical simply to speak one's mind, as…

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  • An Arab-American’s final thoughts before the election

    The first time I got called a sandnigger I was one semester into an English Lit. degree at the University of Tennessee, where football — the kind that involves hands — was a game more urgent than war. In August of 1990, I said goodbye to my Palestinian family and set off to attend college in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where 18 years earlier, my mother had given birth to me. That I was born in that unlikely place was an accident of fate. My mother and father had arrived by way of a family friend, who, after the 1967 war, had…

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  • Help! My father is voting for Trump

    Trying to understand, and explain, the troubling electoral choice of the man who raised me. By David Sarna Galdi Election day is a week away, and barring a revelation akin to Paul’s on the road to Damascus, I am fairly sure my father will be voting for Donald Trump. My educated assumption about my father’s decision, based on highly frustrating conversations that usually end with me slamming down the phone, has left me angry and confused. How could I have been raised by a man voting for a presidential candidate whose campaign was best summed up by economist Paul Krugman: “Donald…

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  • Clinton speech was scrubbed of Palestinian rights, emails show

    Hacked emails show Hillary Clinton's campaign chair urging speechwriters to tone down language on Palestine, and reveal what language was removed from the candidate's speech to the Saban Forum last December. By Eli Clifton WikiLeaks released a hacked email this week from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in which he urged Clinton’s speechwriters to tone down language that might “evoke how people feel about how Israel is treating the Palestinians,” in a speech she was to deliver at the Saban Forum in Washington last December. [tmwinpost] It was unclear what, if any, changes were actually made following his email, and the…

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  • Trump on Adelson: 'Good paper, owned by a great guy'

    Donald Trump lays the compliments on Sheldon Adelson, the Netanyahu backer who recently pledged his support for the Republican nominee. But Trump hasn't always had nice things to say about Adelson and his money. By Shuki Tausig At rally in Nevada last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mentioned Sheldon Adelson, the American casino mogul and patron of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. “Did you read that in your good paper? Good paper, owned by a great guy — Sheldon, Sheldon, Sheldon Adelson,” Trump as part of an attack on the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama's flagship healthcare program. [tmwinpost] The “great paper” he…

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  • Trump courts Adelson, flip-flops on Israel-Palestine

    The candidate who claimed he was immune to influence from large donors has done a complete 180 on Israel-Palestine since securing the support of pro-Israel mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. By Eli Clifton Donald Trump has been accused of misogyny, racism, and Islamophobia as well as shifting his positions on key issues such as the Iraq War and abortion. But despite his slide to the right, he has stuck doggedly to many positions since announcing his candidacy. He still claims Mexico will pay for a wall on the U.S. border. He even continues to remind voters that he called Rosie O’Donnell “a fat pig,” even when…

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  • The one newspaper in which Trump is still winning

    By all accounts, Donald Trump's election campaign is careening toward disaster. But according to Israel's most-read newspaper, everything seems to be going just fine.  The most prominent event in the United States over the past few days has been the implosion of Donald Trump's campaign. Not only has Trump lost the slight advantage he held following the Republican National Convention, according to polls aggregated by Real Clear Politics, he is now trailing Hillary Clinton by five percent (Fox News' latest poll is the least favorable). [tmwinpost] There is still time until the elections and anything is possible. Right now, however, it looks like…

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  • On Israel/Palestine, Democrats and GOP both veer off course

    Both parties’ platforms on Israel/Palestine are bad policy. By adopting a Netanyahu-like approach to the conflict, the GOP will only hasten Israel’s rightward drift. Democrats claim to support independence and dignity for Palestinians, but refuse to name the occupation. By James J. Zogby To understand why the United States fails so miserably in efforts to achieve an Israeli/Palestinian peace, all you need to do is take a look at the mix of bad policy and bad politics found in the Israel/Palestine sections of platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties. [tmwinpost] The Republican document is particularly extreme, even bizarre.…

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  • Obama victory: Israeli memes poke fun at Bibi

    Israeli meme artists have been particularly drawn to one particular aspect of the U.S. elections: the alliance between Benjamin Netanyahu, Mitt Romney and Sheldon Adelson. Here are some of our favorite memes that appeared throughout election night and the morning after. > Click here for +972's election coverage   We will update this post with more memes as they appear Related: Bibi's ACME bomb at UNGA inspires Israeli meme artists Why I hate those Bibi memes

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  • Exit poll: 80,000 Americans in Israel voted, 85% for Romney, 14% for Obama

    According to an iVoteIsrael exit poll, half of the 160,000 eligible U.S. voters living in Israel voted absentee, of which an overwhelming majority selected Republican candidate Mitt Romney. That reportedly includes 7,500 registered in the swing state of Florida. iVoteIsrael - the campaign that has worked hard to get American citizens living in Israel to vote absentee in next week's U.S. presidential elections (and which I have been covering here since June and exposed to be a partisan, right-wing, anti-Obama initiative) - held a press conference Thursday afternoon in Jerusalem to announce the results of what they claim is the biggest exit poll of its kind ever conducted…

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  • WATCH: Netanyahu is poster boy of Florida anti-Obama ad

    Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's persistent claims that he is not meddling in the upcoming U.S. elections, a TV commercial that will air on select Florida networks on Thursday stars the Israeli leader. Released by Politico one day ahead of its scheduled broadcast, the ad features a bit from the prime minister's recent speech, in which he criticizes the U.S. government for failing to establish sufficient "red lines" on Iran's nuclear program. The ad is sponsored by an American nonprofit 501 c (4) called Secure America Now, an organization founded after the 9/11 attacks committed to impacting U.S. national security. A quick look at…

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